left biblioblography: Signs That Star Trek Is Firmly Embedded In Our Culture

Monday, June 29, 2009

Signs That Star Trek Is Firmly Embedded In Our Culture

This is a pretty funny story:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A surveillance picture released by police Wednesday afternoon shows a man armed with what appears to be a small Klingon sword, holding up a 7-Eleven convenience store.

That same man robbed another 7-Eleven store store a half-hour later, and remains at large, Colorado Springs police Lt. David Whitlock said.

The first robbery was reported at 1:50 a.m., at 145 N Spruce St. The clerk told police a white man in his 20s, wearing a black mask, black jacket, and blue jeans, entered the store with a weapon the clerk recognized from the Star Trek TV series.

The robber demanded money and left with an undisclosed amount.

A half hour later, police received a call from a 7-Eleven at 2407 N. Union Blvd., where a man matching the previous description entered the store with a similar weapon. He also demanded money from the store clerk. The clerk refused and the robber "transported" himself out of the store on foot.

Both clerks described the weapon as a Star Trek Klingon-type sword, called a "bat'leth."

Neither clerk was injured in the robberies.

The Startrek.com Web site describes the Klingon weapon as crescent-shaped and about a yard long. However, the weapon that the man was wielding appears to be smaller than that. The bat'leth has points on both ends, two points in between and a handle on the outside.

Police said they don't know if the sword used by the robber was made of metal.

Pretty hilarious. I’d have liked to see if he was any good with the damn thing, but that’s just me.

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manynote said...

If you follow the link and look at the pic accompanying the original news story, it's not really a bat'leth--too small, and not quite the right shape. Compare it with the shots in the video.

Krystalline Apostate said...

Note that the article I cited specifically that the 'weapon the man was wielding appears to be smaller than that'.
Note that I didn't say it was a bat'leth - the story did that.